Free SPOTme Checks for Melanoma Awareness Month!

Did you know May is Melanoma Awareness Month?  A lot of people are not fully aware of the seriousness of skin cancer, what causes it, and what simple preventative measures can be taken to safeguard yourself.  In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, Skin Solutions Dermatology will be offering free SPOTme skin checks from May 6th through May 31st at our Hendersonville, Mt. JulietSmyrnaFranklin, and Brentwood offices! 

Dermatologists are often asked who is most at risk of developing skin cancer.  Technically, everyone is at risk, but there are factors that increase or decrease that risk.  Caucasians are more likely to be diagnosed than other races, men over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, and people with skin of color are more often diagnosed with melanoma in advanced stages.  Additionally, your risk factors can increase if:

-  You have 50+ moles (especially large, atypical moles)

-  You have sun-sensitive skin, blue or green eyes, and are prone to freckling

-  You have had previous cancer (such as non-melanoma, melanoma, breast, or thyroid cancer)

-  You have a family history of melanoma

-  You have a history of excessive sun exposure or indoor tanning

Your best course of action regarding skin cancer is simply observance and preventative measures.  The American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to examine their skin regularly, this includes checking your entire body, back, scalp, palms, feet, even between your toes, as well as regular spot checks at your dermatologist.  You want to be on the lookout for any changes in your already existent moles, and definitely watch for any new moles or marks that arise.  Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, which is why it is imperative to watch your skin, if left unnoticed or ignored skin cancer can spread to other organs and become very serious.  Watch for any moles that are asymmetrical, different colors, larger than 6mm, and that have changed or continue to change.

The good news regarding skin cancer, or at least the silver lining, is that we know what causes it!  That means we can better prepare ourselves and take the preventative measures necessary to protect our skin.  UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all types of skin cancer.  Below are some ways to better protect your skin:

-  Wear sunscreen with at least 6% Zinc and a SPF of 30 or higher

-  Seek shade and remember the sun is strongest between 10AM – 2PM

-  Wear protective clothing when possible, such as long pants, sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses

-  Take extra care around highly reflective areas like bodies of water, sand, and snow

-  Avoid tanning beds

You can jumpstart your skin cancer preventative measures this May by booking a free SPOTme skin check at Skin Solutions Dermatology!  These free SPOTme checks are available from May 6th through May 31st, they are free of charge, and are offered at our HendersonvilleMt. JulietSmyrnaFranklin, and Brentwood locations.  Please call and book your appointment – appointments are necessary to ensure the adequate time is allotted per patient.

Please share with your family and friends – help in our mission to make the greater Nashville area a healthier community!

Free SPOTme skin checks are available from May 6th - May31st, 2019 

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Dr Pena

About The Author

Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD

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